Bar­row forced to skip son’s funeral

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

GAM­BIAN pres­i­dent-elect Adama Bar­row was un­able to at­tend the funeral of his eight-year-old son Habibu Bar­row. The boy died on the way to hos­pi­tal on Sun­day after be­ing bit­ten by a dog near the cap­i­tal, Ban­jul.

Fear­ing for his safety, the Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity of West African States ad­vised Bar­row to re­main in Sene­gal. He had fled to that coun­try after in­cum­bent pres­i­dent Yahiya Jam­meh – whose term ends to­mor­row – re­fused to step down after los­ing De­cem­ber’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tions to Bar­row.

Ecowas is con­sid­er­ing military in­ter­ven­tion to force Jam­meh out of of­fice after he filed an in­junc­tion aimed at pre­vent­ing the pres­i­dent-elect’s in­au­gu­ra­tion to­mor­row.

He stated on state tele­vi­sion on Sun­day that “the so-called dead­line of Jan­uary 19, 2017, is not cast in stone and all par­ties shall await the out­come of the Supreme Court”.

Jam­meh, who came to power in 1994 dur­ing a military coup, also tried ear­lier this month to chal­lenge the le­git­i­macy of Bar­row’s win, after Gam­bia’s In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion de­clared the pres­i­dent-elect the win­ner.

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